Toll looking likely for Weston road

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

DETERMINED parish councillors have vowed to press ahead with plans to revive a toll on a Weston road – despite a disappointing number of villagers voicing their opinions on the issue.

DETERMINED parish councillors have vowed to press ahead with plans to revive a toll on a Weston road - despite a 'disappointing' number of villagers voicing their opinions on the issue.

Kewstoke members announced in October that they would ask residents how they felt about a charge being reinstated on the route to their houses from town.

A working group was set up after residents said they thought reinstating a toll on Kewstoke Road would stop speeding through the village.

So the councillors held a consultation day last month where they invited people to share their views on having to pay to use the coast road through the woods.

Councillor Tony Horry, who has been key to ongoing discussions, said he is 'disappointed that despite major advertising only 100 people attended.'

The results of the consultation showed that the majority of residents wanted a toll to return in the hope that it would solve any speeding problems.

So councillors have decided to continue looking into setting up a business to run collect charges.

Members had also looked at options including charging as a parish council, becoming a charitable trust or setting up a business.

But the working group now believes the best way forward is to set up the business to run the toll and wanted to make sure they had the backing of villagers before they press ahead with plans.

Nine councillors voted in favour of continuing with the business idea, with one abstaining.

The working group will now produce a fully-costed plan for the installation of the materials and equipment, before taking it back to the parish council.

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